Kevin Beazley Claims All-American Honors at NCAA Championships
ST. LOUIS -- Old Dominion wrestler Kevin Beazley earned a 7-6 decision over Iowa's Cash Wilcke in Friday night's "blood round" to secure his first All-American finish at the 2017 NCAA DI Wrestling Championships before 18,344 fans at St. Louis' Scottrade Center.
After dropping a 6-0 decision in Friday morning's championship quarterfinal round to Minnesota's No. 2 seed Brett Pfarr, Beazley rebounded in the All-American round, scoring two first period takedowns to cling to a 7-6 victory over the Hawkeye to earn All-American status for the first time in his career.
Beazley wrestled again shortly after the milestone victory, where he was defeated by Oklahoma State's No. 6 seed Preston Weigel, 15-3.
Fifth-year senior Jack Dechow dropped back-to-back heartbreakers against two defending NCAA Champions Friday, falling one win shy of claiming All-American honors for the second time in his illustrious career as a Monarch.
In Friday morning's championship quarterfinals, Dechow fell to two-time NCAA Champion and top-seeded Gabe Dean from Cornell, 4-3 TB. Dechow surrendered a takedown in the second period but scored a reversal to tie the bout, 2-2. After the pair traded escapes in the third period and neither scored in sudden victory overtime, Dean clung to a leg in a late scramble to narrowly hold on to the 4-3 win in the tiebreakers.
Friday evening, Dechow and defending NCAA Champion Myles Martin from Ohio State battled to a 2-2 draw through regulation. After a scoreless sudden victory period, Martin clung to Dechow in the second set of tiebreakers in nearly identical fashion to Dechow's setback against Dean.
Dechow finishes his career as a Monarch as a four-time NCAA qualifier, three-time MAC Champion and 2014 NCAA All-American. The Richmond, Illinois native also wraps up his career in 11th place on the all-time wins list at Old Dominion with a career record of 110-19.
All-American Kevin Beazley will wrestle tomorrow morning for seventh place against Rider's No. 8 seed Ryan Wolfe.
As a team, the Monarchs head into the final day of the 2017 NCAA DI Wrestling Championships in a tie for 25th place with App State with 13.5 team points.
Complete brackets are available via Trackwrestling.
2017 NCAA Division I Championships Results for Old Dominion
149 - Michael Hayes (19-15) place is unknown and scored 2.00 team points.
Prelim - Michael Hayes (Old Dominion) 19-15 won by tech fall over Kyle Shoop (Lock Haven) 38-17 (TF-1.5 7:00 (16-1))
Champ. Round 1 - Steve Bleise (Northern Illinois) 29-9 won by decision over Michael Hayes (Old Dominion) 19-15 (Dec 5-3)
Cons. Round 1 - Sahid Kargbo (George Mason) 29-5 won by decision over Michael Hayes (Old Dominion) 19-15 (Dec 10-6)
165 - Seldon Wright (20-12) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Logan Massa (Michigan) 30-3 won by tech fall over Seldon Wright (Old Dominion) 20-12 (TF-1.5 4:15 (19-3))
Cons. Round 1 - Keilan Torres (Northern Colorado) 29-16 won by tech fall over Seldon Wright (Old Dominion) 20-12 (TF-1.5 2:38 (16-0))
184 - Jack Dechow (30-5) place is unknown and scored 2.00 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Jack Dechow (Old Dominion) 30-5 won by decision over Dylan Gabel (Northern Colorado) 25-11 (Dec 6-2)
Champ. Round 2 - Jack Dechow (Old Dominion) 30-5 won in sudden victory - 1 over Nathan Jackson (Indiana) 33-4 (SV-1 7-5)
Quarterfinal - Gabe Dean (Cornell) 34-0 won in tie breaker - 1 over Jack Dechow (Old Dominion) 30-5 (TB-1 4-3)
Cons. Round 4 - Myles Martin (Ohio State) 30-8 won in tie breaker - 1 over Jack Dechow (Old Dominion) 30-5 (TB-1 3-2)
197 - Kevin Beazley (25-6) has scored 9.50 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Kevin Beazley (Old Dominion) 25-6 won by fall over Jake Tindle (SIUE) 19-12 (Fall 2:47)
Champ. Round 2 - Kevin Beazley (Old Dominion) 25-6 won by fall over Aaron Studebaker (Nebraska) 31-9 (Fall 6:11)
Quarterfinal - Brett Pfarr (Minnesota) 30-2 won by decision over Kevin Beazley (Old Dominion) 25-6 (Dec 6-0)
Cons. Round 4 - Kevin Beazley (Old Dominion) 25-6 won by decision over Cash Wilcke (Iowa) 19-13 (Dec 7-6)
Cons. Round 5 - Preston Weigel (Oklahoma State) 22-6 won by major decision over Kevin Beazley (Old Dominion) 25-7 (MD 15-3)